Duterte Wants Executive Department to Have Sole Control of Martial Law Declaration

After announcing that he has no intention of declaring martial law because of the divisiveness it brings, President Rodrigo Duterte has ramped up fears yet again by saying that he prefers that such declaration be solely in the hands of the executive. He criticized the framers of the 1987 constitution, which put up safeguards to prevent excesses similar to the Marcos dictatorship, by requiring legislative and Supreme Court concurrence on…

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